Glenwood Springs, CO: Rocky Mountain Education Design and Ben Bohmfalk, the District’s Technology Integration Coordinator, worked with STEM teachers from across the Roaring Fork Valley to formally integrate Edison Robots into the District’s STEM curriculum for 1st-8th grade. After an introductory workshop on the new EdScratch programming language and EdCreate student innovation kits, teachers spent the day using an Understanding By Design framework to create lesson plans, inquiries and opportunities for students to integrate design thinking and innovation pedagogy into a multi-school/grade, cross-curricular technology integration program. The STEM coordinator from Crystal River Elementary School said, “this workshop definitely got us excited about robotics and built our comfort and confidence with classroom coding, troubleshooting and student innovation.” Another teacher commented, “I feel very prepared to bring this STEAM curriculum to my classroom; it’s fun, engaging, applicable and high quality! I am really excited about the Lego-based student innovation kits!”
Overall these teachers, like many others across the state, instantly saw the potential of these low-cost classroom robots and the ease of integrating their well-written coding and computer science curriculum. As part of a long-term, grant-funded effort, we will be working with the district throughout the year to implement and refine the new curriculum, and then expand it to incorporate Makey Makey’s and MIT’s Scratch Programming language this Spring! Ben Bohmfalk commented, “Thank you for an outstanding day that was both energizing and productive for all of us. We really count on you to keep us on the cutting edge of STEM education!” To learn more about our curriculum support and teacher professional development programs, or to learn how to bring Edison robots to your school, please visit our website at https://rm-ed.com.